Curtiss Jenny Restoration

Welcome! We hope you enjoy following the restoration process of a 1918 Curtiss JN4D Jenny. Once completed, the aeroplane will be flown and displayed at the Candler Field Museum in Williamson GA (30 miles south of Atlanta). You can contact me below by clicking on "VIEW MY PROFILE"

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Friday, May 22, 2009

Peach basket

Spent a lot of time grinding and sanding today. Here's how the peach baskets look after bead blasting and painting.

There is a wooden airfoil shape between the gear legs. It hides the axle. The airfoil is held in place by a front and rear "socket" made from 1/16 in. sheet steel. I made the wooden pattern for the front socket today.

And the pattern for the rear socket. These sockets are welded to the inside of the peach baskets.

Welding the peach baskets tightened things up a bit, plus the addition of the front-to-rear support piece meant I had to re-fit the gear legs. Some time on the bandsaw and sander took care of that.

This is pretty neat - here's an original wing strut salvaged by Gary Kahl of Clear Lake Iowa. It was sent to me today and the strut turned out to be in great shape. Check out that Curtiss logo! Hasn't been touched since 1918, probably.

Recently, I received an e-mail from John Atkinson. John is a colledge student in Michigan and owns a Piper Pacer. He really likes Jennies and hopes to build one someday. He was kind enough to send a picture of the Jenny at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. It's a great picture and I thought it needed to be shared with everyone.

Thanks, John


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